Although most couples are able to enlist the help of a wedding planner, and of course this helps a ton and is well worth the money, it could get very expensive.
The haunting thoughts of all that could go wrong with or without a wedding planner, could prove to be nerve wrecking.
Here to make things a bit easier for you and help you embark on your wedding day plans are the top ten wedding planning tips according to UrbanBrideChic.com
Mind you, these are just the first few things that you would need to sort out in order to get you started on your wedding day planning.
There is way more to planning a wedding than just the basics, but at least this will give you a guide or sort of idea, a foundation if you will, as to the questions that you will need to ask yourself in order to get started. Questions such as when, what, where, who and how much are we willing to spend, money-wise and time-wise? After answering all of these question and creating a plan of action, the rest will start to fall into place and things should get a bit clearer.
This list will serve as a foundation to start you on the path of a magical wedding day… we will elaborate on each tip in just a bit.
Top Ten Wedding Planning Tips
- Set a date
- Know your budget
- Be organized
- Who will be your bridal court?
- Agree on who is invited and who is not
- Agree on the type of wedding
- Are you hiring a wedding planner or is this going to be a do it yourself kind of wedding?
- Will you be renting or purchasing the wedding dress and tuxedo?
- Will you be renting a limo?
- Will you be going on a honeymoon?
The following are some of the things that you may want to consider when sorting out your top ten wedding planning tips.
Setting your wedding date is the first and most important thing to do before doing anything else takes place. Having and knowing this information with certainty allows you to know the time limit and adjust if necessary… How much time do you have in your hands to plan everything and have one of the most memorable days of your life remembered for all the right reasons?
Once you have your wedding date set, knowing your budget is the next and one of the most important things to know. First off, it is important for you to know what is your soft budget and what your hard budget is. Your soft budget is what you would ideally want to spend, everything that you will do from here on, all the planning, all the decisions will be based on your soft budget. This is how you stay on track with your spending and not go over, saving your money for the most important thing…. your life together!Your hard budget is used when things don’t go as expected, so, okay, this is how much we would like to spend (soft budget) but if need be, this is the amount of money that we can stretch that to (hard budget). For example, our soft budget is 20k but our hard budget is 30k. This allows room for negotiations when contacting vendors!
Once you know your wedding date and what your budget is, getting organized is the very next thing to do. You must have a list for everything with a time line and a check list to accompany it all.
We found a great FREE resource for you that may be of great help to you when considering your wedding day to do list.
Knowing who will be your bridal court is imperative and something that both parties to be married should discuss and agree upon together. We know that you do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but when making this decision, always remember that this is YOUR day!
Read the above paragraph, insert here and change the ‘bridal court’ to ‘wedding guests’.
The type of wedding that you will have is also very important and something that once again, should be discussed and agreed upon together. Your religious backgrounds may be different, so will it be a religious affair or not, if so whose religion? (Great time to discuss your future kids, if your have any and whose religion will be prominent when raising the children) … just saying! Is your wedding going to be outdoors or indoors (consider the weather)?
If you are hiring a wedding planner you can ditch the to-do-list but if this is a DIY wedding, enlist all of your creative and artistic friends and family. They may be able to help you with creating center pieces, custom invitations, etc.
Nowadays a wedding dress could cost as much as the down payment for a home, but if being frugal is on “your list”, perhaps renting your wedding attire is the way to go. If you are on a budget it would be more cost effective to rent your wedding dress vs purchasing one. There is no point in spending a fortune on a dress that you will only wear once and then have it sit in your closet or attic for all eternity gathering dust.
Transportation from where the ceremony takes place to the wedding venue is very important to most couples and the options are many, from traditional Limos to Rolls Royces, exotic sports cars, horses and carriages to motorcycles and even pedal bikes. Ultimately the choice will depend on your budget, personal taste, creativity and even playfulness.
Last but not least, is… will you have a honeymoon? If so, is it included in the wedding budget or will your honeymoon have a separate budget all of its own? The important thing to remember here regardless of how much you are spending or whether you are getting married in a grand hall or at the justice of peace, is that your wedding day will be special, not because of how much you spent but because the one you love loves you back and that this day is THE day you both chose to say, yes, I will be with you and love you for the rest of my life!